You could receive credits from a class-action settlement.

By Sarah Yang
Updated June 23, 2016
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If you purchased an e-book between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012, you could receive a credit in your Amazon account. This comes after Apple and five major book publishers were found guilty of a scheme to raise the prices of e-books in 2013. The publishing companies had agreed to the settlement a few years ago and gave credits to consumers, but Apple had appealed the case. The company was denied a hearing by the Supreme Court in March 2016 and now has to settle the $400 million suit.

Customers who bought an e-book published by Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, or Macmillan will receive $6.93 for every e-book that was a New York Times bestseller and $1.57 for others. The credit expires on June 24, 2017, and can be used for any purchase through You’ll also receive a credit if you purchased books through Apple, Barnes & Noble, or Kobo accounts.

If you have a credit, you should have received an email from Amazon on June 21. You can also check your account for extra cash. For more information about the settlement, click here.